Category: Dunwoody Reporter

DeKalb’s ambulance contract extended through September

DeKalb County’s contract with controversial ambulance provider American Medical Response was supposed to expire June 30, but the county has extended that contract through September. County officials say an evaluation committee needs more time to review bids before a new contract can be awarded. Dunwoody has expressed its concerns with AMR’s slow response times that don’t meet its contractual requirements. That complaint resulted in a state subcommittee being appointed last year to review DeKalb County’s EMS services and the city’s request for its own EMS zone. Dunwoody City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Terry Nall, who has led the city’s...

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Sandy Springs City Council to vote on Ga. 400 toll lane recommendations

The Sandy Springs City Council will vote on recommendations for Ga. 400 toll lanes at its June 18 meeting. The recommendations, which will be presented by Councilmember John Paulson, call for changes to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s plans for the toll lanes on the Ga. 400 section of the project, which runs north of the North Springs MARTA Station. Paulson said the recommendations that will be presented include: Build the toll lanes underneath the Northridge Road bridge. Residents there are concerned the flyover lanes would change the character of the area and bring more noise and pollution. GDOT...

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DeKalb offering free residential bulk items curbside pickup

Bulky items, including furniture and appliances, can be picked up free from DeKalb County residents’ curbsides as part of the county’s Operation Spring Clean Sweep campaign. Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Wednesday will be serviced either Friday, June 21, or Saturday, June 22. To prevent collection delays, items should be placed at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on Friday, June 21. Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Thursday will be serviced either Friday, June 28, or Saturday, June 29. To prevent collection delays, items should be placed at the curb no later...

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Dunwoody Village master plan community workshop set for June 29

Those interested in the future look and zoning of Dunwoody Village are invited to participate in a community workshop on June 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Vintage Pizza, 5510 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. City officials and consultant TSW, an Atlanta-based planning firm, will gather input from residents on master plan updates and zoning requirements for the area. TSW has been hired by the city to review and rewrite the regulations for Dunwoody Village. “When we met with residents last year, we wanted them to help us shape the vision for the Dunwoody Village,” said Community Development Director Richard McLeod...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through June 23

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Abernathy Road street/ramp closures June 15, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., closed eastbound between Barfield Road/Mercedes-Benz Drive and Ga. 400. June 17-18, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., closed eastbound between Barfield Road/Mercedes-Benz Drive and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. June 17-18, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to Ga. 400 southbound closed. June 21-24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., street and...

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Golf tourney raises $450K for MJCCA

More than $450,000 was raised at a recent golf tournament to benefit the Marcus Jewish Community Center in Dunwoody, with funds going to support programming and scholarships. The annual MJCCA BB&T Harry Maziar Classic golf tourney, held June 3 at the Atlanta Country Club in Marietta, included 140 golfers and a silent auction. It’s the MJCCA’s largest fundraiser. This year’s total brings the total raised over the past 11 years to $3 million for the MJCCA, according to a press release. “We are grateful to the golf tournament participants, whose donations through this event support the mission of the...

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Major Perimeter Center mixed-use project to break ground early next year

A new Dunwoody mixed-use development on 10 acres in the heart of Perimeter Center is expected to break ground early next year, anchored by a grocery store and including restaurants, retail space, a bank and a gas station. A stormwater detention pond popular with migrating Canada geese will be paved over for a parking lot as part of the redevelopment. The Dunwoody City Council voted 6-1 at its June 10 meeting to approve the Branch Properties’ “Perimeter Marketplace” project to be built at the former dining hub at the intersection of Ashford-Dunwoody and Meadow Lane roads, where now only...

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Sandy Springs may add three ambulances to meet demand, suggests other cities consider tactic

Sandy Springs is considering adding three ambulances to its next contract with provider American Medical Response to keep up with demand and continue meeting response time targets. Fire Chief Keith Sanders encouraged other cities that have problems with response times to take up its strategy of paying more for additional ambulances. AMR is the same provider that has been criticized by the city of Dunwoody for being slow to respond. Officials in that city have said they would not pay for additional ambulances to ensure response times are met. The contract is expected to be voted on by the...

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Hotel, restaurant/retail development proposed near I-285 in Dunwoody

A developer is seeking to build a mixed-use development on nearly 4 acres of undeveloped land in Dunwoody at the intersection of Ravinia Parkway and Ashford-Dunwoody Road,  between the I-285 interchange and Perimeter Center’s Crowne Plaza hotel. The proposed development would include a 42,500-square-foot restaurant and retail space that would be 1 to 2 stories tall and a maximum 10-story hotel catering to business travelers, according to the rezoning application filed with the city. The hotel is planned to be built at the rear of the development, near I-285. A 3-story parking deck would be built in the internal...

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Dunwoody schedules public hearings to set millage rate

The city of Dunwoody will hold three public hearings to set the millage rate at a maximum of 2.74 mills. The public hearings will be June 18 and July 8, both at 8 a.m. at City Hall, 4800 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The final public hearing will be held at the July 8 City Council meeting at 6 p.m. followed by a vote to set the mill rate, which is the same rate since incorporation in 2008. The city received notice of its seventh year-over-year increase in the real and personal tax digest for 2019 as a result of the revaluation...

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Local State Transportation Board member backs building toll lanes with bus lines

Kevin Abel, a Sandy Springs resident and State Transportation Board member, has spoken out in support of the planned toll lanes on I-285 and Ga. 400 and building bus rapid transit on those lanes. In a Facebook post, Abel said that “Atlanta’s transit future will be reborn with BRT on express lanes.” Leaving BRT out of the toll lanes would be a “devastating missed opportunity,” he said. Abel represents the 6th Congressional District on the State Transportation Board, which oversees the Georgia Department of Transportation. His district includes parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and areas of Cobb and...

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Letter: Dunwoody’s non-discrimination code is good, mischaracterizing religious freedom laws isn’t

I read with interest Dyana Bagby’s characteristically well-reported article on the Dunwoody non-discrimination ordinance (“Dunwoody set to quietly approve LGBTQ anti-bias ordinance,” June 1.) My only quibble is with her use of scare quotes to characterize Georgia’s religious freedom bill, which is a pretty standard-issue piece of legislation that certainly doesn’t license the kind of discrimination its opponents allege. It simply tracks the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) legislation, which was passed overwhelmingly and signed into law by Bill Clinton. That law, which operates only at the federal level, gives those who can show that a regulation burdens...

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